Mary E. Brock, 84, Muskegon, Mich., died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, with her daughter Gloria by her side.
She was born Dec. 4, 1925 in Sandy Bottom, N.C. to Johnny and Susan Stroud White.
Mrs. Brock worked for a dress shop in Kinston, N.C. She later moved to Muskegon, where she worked several years at the A & P Grocery Store. After her marriage to Marvin Brock, they moved back to North Carolina and settled in Albertson, where she took a job at a local grocery store.
She was a member of the Pink Hill Presbyterian Church in Pink Hill, N.C. and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, knitting, needle point, and making her own clothing.
She married Mr. Brock on Aug. 27, 1968 in Guam. They were high school sweethearts and were reacquainted on a trip to North Carolina in 1967. He preceded her in death on August 28, 1978.
Survivors include her daughter, Gloria DeJohn of Muskegon; three grandchildren, Denise (Ryan) Himes of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer (Shane) Fairfield of North Muskegon, Mich., Deanna (Matt) Flora of Battle Creek, Mich.; six great-grandchildren, Nathanael Cole and Rebekah Ann Himes, Raven Alexis and Syann McCoy Fairfield, Jayden Thomas and Anyahna Maree Flora; her aunt, Ruth McDuffie; and her lifelong dearest friend and sister-in-law, Dolly Ruth Rouse.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother; four sisters; and her son-in-law, Tommy DeJohn.
She is loved and missed by so many.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Harper Southerland Presbyterian Church in Albertson, N.C. with the Rev. Charles Love and Mary's nephew the Rev. Glen Brock officiating. A poem titled "Forever Remember Me", written by Mary's great-niece, Chrissy Bortz, will be read at the service. Burial will take place in Oak Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials to the Alzheimer's Association will be appreciated. Share memories with the family at their online guest book at www.sytsemafh.com.
Arrangements are being handled by The Sytsema Chapel, Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc., Muskegon.